Press Play Friday: Justin Nozuka

After Tonight

Let’s make some introductions, shall we? Meet Justin Nozuka: singer/songwriter, musician, etc. Have you ever met before? Yes? No? Maybe? Okay, that’s why I’m here.

First, we need to go back. Back to the year 2008, when Justin’s album Holly first hit the airwaves. More than just a singer/songwriter, Justin Nozuka is a soul singer, rock singer, folk singer, all wrapped into one. The debut from the singer/songwriter is, still to this day, one of my favorite albums.

Imagine my surprise, as I was watching music videos on Vh1 (I miss that) and heard the ear goodness that was After Tonight. That one song had me hooked. The hypnotic chorus, the strong guitar, and that hip swaying sound was enough for me to buy his album immediately. Then I heard Criminal. My favorite song on the album, no doubt about it. Justin’s music has this raw, rare talent, that for his young age is amazing. His lyrics make it evident that he is wise beyond his years. Example: Save Him; I cry every time I hear this song. It’s so powerful and moving that it shakes you to your core.

“Behind the rings on their fingers, Imprints the ink deep in the inner, That has stained their souls together now, Stained soul mates forever now”

Now, it’s 2010 and Justin’s second album You I Wind Land and Sea has just arrived. I will admit openly, this album doesn’t have the same feel to it as Holly. This time around, the music is more settled, calm, with the exception of Woman Put Your Weapon Down. It has that familiar raw, awesome guitar sound like Criminal. It has something different, that the rest of the album does not. Of course, that is my favorite track from the album. However, as I’m listening to the album again, it’s amazing. Justin Nozuka can really do no wrong. The vocals and melodies on Gray are reminiscent of Phil Collins (Which is awesome). Swan In The Water. Download it. Enough said.

“Baby you’re an Angel, I vowed it you’re the one, But she made me so unstable, I swear I tried to run, But I was sinking in her quicksand, baby I’m a low man, Reaching out for your hand”

Justin Nozuka brings something different to the singer/songwriter world. With just a guitar, a few drums, melodies, and lyrics, he brings this overwhelming sound of soul, rock, and heart to his music. I would say that he’s not the usual “guy with the guitar,” except you all know I absolutely love the “guy with the guitar.” So how can I put it, so you will understand? I know! I say this all the time . . . listen, then listen again. I guarantee you’ll love his music, as much as I do.

Bonus Video

“I know that after tonight, you don’t have to look up at the stars no no no no, And I know by the end of tonight, you don’t have to look up at the stars, And I know if the love is alright, you don’t have to look up at the stars no no no no, I know by the end of tonight, you don’t have to look up at the stars”

About Justin Nozuka

“Nozuka’s charge is to craft songs that make his listeners feel like they were up all night together and shared sleep-deprived confessions. The first collection of these, Holly (Coalition/Glassnote Records), is named for Nozuka’s highly supportive mother, and came out when Nozuka was just 19. He penned the first songs, “Supposed to Grow Old” and “I’m in Peace,” when he was fifteen, and wrote the rest between age 16 and 17, but the press marveled at his mature sound and vision, calling Nozuka “as soulful and wise as blues greats four times his age.”


Buy Justin Nozuka‘s music on iTunes HERE

Do you also love Justin Nozuka? What is your favorite song? Favorite album? Tell me in the comments!

Hey everyone! I really need you music recommendations. Have an artist, song, or album you want me to hear? Tell me about it in the comments!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. miseryofmidnight says:

    Hi Kim!!!!

    Like you I had to hear all of “Holly” after I heard the awesomeness that was “After tonight” (I miss VH1 too). My favourite song on the album was “We were supposed to grow old”- I could just feel the hurt and pain in the lyrics and his voice is so….(ahhh no words, no words!!!)
    Btw where are the Nikita posts, do u not watch?

    1. Hello! 🙂

      I know! “Supposed to Grow Old” is amazing. Just him and the guitar. Love it!

      No, I don’t watch Nikita. I tried to watch, but it didn’t work out too well. Maybe I’ll try again, though. 😉

  2. Cindy says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. You know how at the end of every Press Play Friday you ask for suggestions? Well, I never really know what to suggest, but awhile ago Justin Nozuka totally came to mind. And look! Here he is for this week’s segment. I’m absolutely thrilled! I have so far only purchased and fully heard “Holly”, though I did know of his new release; I have no idea why I haven’t checked it out yet. So, my favorite song is……..hmmmm……..well, aside from the ones already mentioned (i.e. Criminal, After Tonight, and Save Him) I love Mr. Therapy Man.

    Here’s something I’ve been wondering about: when you purchase albums, do you have a preference of buying a digital copy or a physical copy? I know you put links for buying albums and the like from iTunes, so I was just curious.

    1. I’m so glad you liked my pick for this week! You know for his second album I really had to listen to it a few times, before I really liked it. But, I highly suggest downloading “Woman Put Your Weapon Down” and “My Heart is Yours.” So, so good.

      I don’t have a preference, really, for physical or digital. The digital ones are usually cheaper than the physical CD’s. And sometimes you can get special deals (E.X I got Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero for only $2.99 on Amazon. So lucky on that one). I really only buy physical CD’s when I’ve started a collection, like Jason Mraz. I guess it all depends.

      I need suggestions for Press Play Friday! You should totally suggest something (*hint hint*) 😉

      1. Cindy says:

        Okay, I thought of one. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of them, but if not, may I suggest Meg & Dia? I think they are quite talented, and their songs have some interesting lyrics, plus a nice variety of sounds.

        1. No, I’ve never heard of them. But, I will definitely check them out. Thank you so much for the suggestion! Keep them coming in! 😉

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